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Problems on THE YARDS'

Well, this 'netherworld' fella seems to have a bone to pick against James Gray... Personally I really liked LITTLE ODESSA, and with the cast he assembled for THE YARDS... well, it's something that has raised an eyebrow of interest. It seems that Gray is in the process of restructuring his ending a bit, but this is something that happens quite a bit in film, so it's nothing to get in a tizzy about. This is more or less just a status report...

It seems director James Gray, known for the overpraised Little Odessa a few years, is back at the helm of Miramax's The Yards. The director known for his tyrannical screaming and yelling on the set, now faces a major restructuring of the final twenty minutes of his new film. Gray who thinks of himself as a "serious filmmaker" is at a lost what to do. The film which stars Dirk Diggler, James Caan, and Jauquin Phoenix who also stars in 8mm with Nick Cage will be called back for reshoots shortly. The director who thinks he's making another Godfather has hopes he can fix the problem before Miramax steps in to do the work for him. Call me netherworld-reporting from the pits of filmdom

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  • Feb. 9, 1999, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Bullshit about The Yards

    by verb1

    I don't know who the fuck "Netherworld" is, but his gossip is grossly inaccurate and does an incredible disservice to a very good friend of mine, James Gray. Since no one outside of myself, Harvey Weinstein, the producers, and the editorial staff has even seen the film, I don't know where he gets his information -- but whatever "Netherworld" thinks he knows about James or the film is complete bullshit. James is not known for "tyrannical screaming and yelling." In fact, his sets are unusually quiet. People are concentrating. The final twenty minutes are not undergoing a "major restructuring" (as if restructuring, both major and minor, is not a customary part of the editorial process). In reality, the edit of the last part of the film hasn't changed significantly since the first cut. The story implies the picture is in trouble, which it is not. It is not a remake of The Godfather. It is, however, an astonishing piece of work that will represent a benchmark in the careers of all those involved -- and when the film comes out, and everyone can see the obvious for themselves, no doubt "Netherworld" will be in the long line of people waiting to kiss James' ass. From Theodore Witcher.